A Hanoi court Saturday awarded jail terms of up to 13 years to a group of six youths for trafficking and selling Vietnamese women to Chinese brothels.
Do Van Tien, the 21-year-old gang leader from Hung Yen Province near the capital city, received the top punishment of 13 years.
Tien got VND15 million for each woman he supplied to a Vietnamese woman named Tinh, who is married to a man in China and lives there.
They talked on the phone as mother and son, thus several women believed that Tien had a mother working in China and trustingly went with him across the border, either for a trip or to receive some cargos.
Most victims met the gang members via online chats.
Tien's closest associate, Bui Van Huy, 20, received 12 years and nine months in jail.
One of Huy's victims Tam, a 21-year-old married woman, told him that she was in need of money. He lied to her that he was trading across the China border and asked her to go fetch the cargo with him once, following which he would lend her money. The woman was then sold for VND10 million.
Huy also sold a college girl from Hanoi and a teenage girl from Ho Chi Minh City for VND15 million each, after asking them to come with him to his hometown in Quang Ninh at the China border.
Vu Thi Hong, a gang member who helped sell two close friends from high school, received five years in jail. Three other gang members, all Hung Yen natives, received five, six and 11 years in prison.
The court did not mention how many women have fallen victims to the gang, but none of them have been rescued.
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